Chippendale Side Table

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Project by Stephen M. Skillins posted 01-21-2012 04:51 PM 1511 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Solid Honduran Mahogany. Mortise and tenon joinery (pined). Front and sides are beautifully shaped. Back is flat because this piece is designed to sit against a wall. Top is book-matched and has a shape that matches the front, back, and sides and has a 1 inch overhang all around and a thumb moulding on front and sides. Cabriole legs with hand carved Boston ball in claw feet. Finish is a Honey Maple toned water base stain, 1 coat of amber shellac, dark brown grain filler, 5 coats of blonde shellac, and 3 coats of forrest brown paste wax. Piece was designed by me but inspired by a John Goddard ( of Newport RI) piece I saw this summer while visiting Newport.

-- Steve Skillins, Danvers MA

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 05:47 PM

Beautiful work, all the way around.
Those legs with the carved feet really make a statement.
Very nice work Stephen.

And by the way, welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 06:10 PM

Another work of art ,when inspired by John Gooddard how can you go wrong. excellent quality ,real eye candy.

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 10:23 PM

Very nice!!

-- Michael and Matthew

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 10:44 PM

Two fabulous posts Steve, we have a house lot (40 year old) of Chippendale, chinacab’s, dinning table & carver chairs, bedroom & love every piece of it, I love the rope carving, ball & Claw finishing,
You are obviously a top craftsman going by these examples.
Thanks for the post :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 09:14 PM

Great work. Hope to see more of your projects.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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